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Section Two







By George J.Andros


" HE CHAMP" has abdicated.
With no greater heights to be
reached, Dick Degener, the world's
greatest diver of all time and Ann
Arbor's youngest purveyor of men's
wear. has given up serious competi-
tion and the ranks of the amatuers to
turn professional.
Still as boyish looking as'the baby-
faced blond who first stepped on
campus as a freshman six years ago
this month, Degener only a short
while ago returned, from a honey-
moon in Germany the holder of an
Olympic championship-pinnacle of

'achievement for any athlete and}
realization of "The Champ's" great-
est ambition.
It was Matt Mann, genial Britisher
who has coached Michigan swimming
teams to seven National Collegiate
championships in the past ten years,
who first gave Degener his nickname
when Dick and Der Johnston were
"The Champ" and "The Kid"-the
Wolverines' All-American diving
combination of 1934. Johnston, the
boy who "couldn't take it" came
through to win the National Collegi-
ate championship two years latre, but
that is a story I'll tell again another

)EGENER'S achievements since
the time he first entered divingf

During the winter of 1934-35 in
the National A.A.U. Indoor Cham-
pionships at New York he gained the
title of "the world's greatest diver of
all time" by scoring 180.68 points off
the three-meter or high board. No
other performer in history has come
close to compiling such a total in 10
In five years the present-time
Williams Street clotheir has won 14
National titles, two in intercollegiate
competition and the remainder under
the auspices of the A.A.U. Dick won
what amounts to a 15th nation-wide
championship when he captured the
final trials for the United States

Olympic springboard
this summer.



I) ICK'S TROPHIES include cham-
pionship medals won in five con-
secutive National A.A.U. indoor com-
petitions off the three-meter board-
an accomplishment that bids fair to
stand as an all-time record.
The three seasons of 1933, 1934 and
1935 saw Degener capture three out
of the four National A.A.U. diving
title each year, in competition off
the three-meter board indoors and
outdoors, the one-meter or low board
indoors and the 10-meter platform

During the paste year the former
Detroiter took only enough time from
his business duties to concentrate on
his favorite event, the three-meter
board competition, and won that
event indoors and outdoors, losing
the low-board diving indoors and
the platform event outdoors.
won two Western Conference
titles and the same number of Na-
tional Collegiate championships. At
Detroit Central High he was Mich-
igan Interscholastic champion twice
and walked away with the National
Intrescholastic title in his senior

At the 1932 Olympics at Los An-
geles Dick was third behind "Dutch"
Smith and Mickey Riley Galitzen,
both of the United States.
Degener's natural grace off a diving
board is a pleasure to behold, and his
efforts on his favorite dive, the two
and one-half somersaults in the lay-
out position, never fail to bring the
spectators to their feet in applause.
Ann Arbor has gained an energetic
business man, but amatuer athletics
has lost one of its finest stylists. I
take my ha off to "The Champ"-a
great competitor and a grander fel-


competition at the gentle
read like a story book.

age of 131


Sop homore




To Inspect
Tour Of Sports Building
Will Begin Orientation
Week Athletic Program

The Students of the University
of Michigan, the faculty, and The
Daily join with the whole country
in mourning the terrible tragedy
which has visited the Purdue foot-
ball squad.
Although Michigan has not had
the privilege of meeting Purdue on
the gridiron for several years, the
ability and sportsmanship of Pur-
due teams have been remembered
and recognized in Ann Arbor.
It is with the feeling of deepest
sympathy that we tender our sin-
cerest regrets, together with the
hope that the friends and rela-
tives of the dead boys may gather
some degree of comfort from the

Kip And The Boys Talk It Over At The Initial Drill

By RAYMOND GOODMAN united grief that the whole world
Featuring a diversified program of feels.
18 sports the Intramural Depart-
ment's annual Orientation Week ath- Powerful State
lktic program will swing into action
at 4:30 p.m. today, when the class of G
1940 will start a tour through the
largest Intramural plant in the world. FO >enin
The tour will continue through Fo r 'Thurdng
Opportunity for active competition Spartans Gird For Third
with fellow freshman will be af-
forded the first year men in bowling, Straight Victory Over
handball, horseshoes, rifle Wolverine Fleven
shooting, swimming, tennis and vol-
leyball. Instruction will be offered Intent upon making it three in a
in boxing, codeball, fencing, gym-
nastics, Sigma Delta Psi, squash and row over its hated Michigan rival, a
badminton as well as an opportunity speedy and powerful Michigan State
to become acquainted with others in- eleven under the capable Charlie
terested inthese sports. Any desir- Bachman will open the Wolverine
ing to report for freshman football, football schedule
track, or wrestling will find this in-
cluded in the schedule. j the Stadium.

IHere they are, the Wolverine stalwarts, on whose shrulders rsts the responsibility of returning Michigan
to the football heights after a two-year absence.. If enthusiasm, spiiit, and alertness have anything to do

with gridiron success, Mivhigan fans can look forward to a real sson.

All the ick in the world, Kip.

Stoller 'Makes
U. S. Olympic
TIrack Squad'

Suspended Wayne
Puckma Forgiven
For Fight Outburst
Adam Widlak, Wayne University
hockey player who precipitated a free


To Bowl At Union
The Michigan Union alleys will bej
the scene of th? bowling tournament.
freshman may report at the Union
any time during the week and roll
two games for a total score and win-
ners will be determined on a two-
game high score basis. Bowling will
be free to everyone during the open-
ing week.
The tennis singles tourney will be-
gin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26th'
and should provide excellent practice
in preparation for the fall All-Cam-
pus meet which will be soon after the
opening of school. Tryouts for the
freshman tennis squad are advised;
to see Coach John Johnstone im-
Tennis, Golf Included
At the same hour and date that
marks the beginning of the tennis;
match, golf enthusiasts will report at
the University golf ready for 18 holes3
of medal play in the Orientation;
Week tournament. Players will be
required to pay the usual student
green fee of 50 cents.
The swimming meets, which will be
held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednes-
day, and Thursday at the Intramural'
pool, have always thrown some light
on the freshman team in the past
and this year should prove no excep-
tion. First and second place win-
ners in each event on Tuesday and
Wednesday will meet on the final day
to determine the ultimate winners.
Football Starts Monday
Freshman football candidates will
report to Coach Ray Fisher at Yost
Field House at 3 p.m., Monday, Sept.
28. Uniforms will b'e distributed at
this tihe and aspirants will be put l
through a light drill.

iiie 6par ansn ave ost six men
from the starting eleven that made
the Wolverines look bad with a 27-6
beating last year but indications
coming out of State's early practices
this fall have it that the loss will not
be felt.
Spartans Sea Win
While they do not expect as easy
a victory as last season's, Spartan
observers can see nothing for their
team but a third win in three years,
and the fifth in 40 years of gridiron
competition with the Wolverines.
Two men, quarterback Dick Colina
and climax halfback Kurt Warmbein,
are missing from the machine-like
State backfield of last year, with Co-
lina the only one of the two who
may be missed.
Red Neumann of Lansing, reserve
for two seasons, is in line for the
signal-calling post, but his lack of
great speed may overbalance his
blocking ability and good generalship
and give the starting position to one
of the two other less experienced per-
Husky Al Diebold of Jackson, a
sophomore, has been called the great-
est quarterback prospect ever to hit
the rolling East Lansing campus, and
junior Chick Halbert, powerful Grand

Captain Bob Osgood, Wadt for all fight at the conclusion of the
Stone And Star Sprinter Michigan-Wayne puck game last fall
Reach Final Trials and was on this account suspended
i for life from Tartar athletic partici-
Dame Fortune only frowned on pation has been finally returned to
Michigan track and field men in good standing by the University's ath-'
the 1936 Olympid games this summer letic advisory committee--and every-
in Berlin, but three Wolverine stars body concerned is glad of it.
did manage to go as far as the final,
trials with one, Sammy Stoller, mak- Widlak, a husky defenseman, tan-
ing the American team as a sprinter. gled with Michigan's Vic Heyliger just
ig the Americta as pn after the final whistle had blown
who has equalled the world record on the Olympic ice last winter and in
of :06.1 for 60 yards indoors, was a moment the rink was filled with
sixth in the 100-meter finals at Ran- milling players and spectators. The
dall's Island after being second to riot lasted only a few minutes and al-
the inimitable Jesse Owens in his though no damage had been done
heat. Stoller was included on the and no one injured, the Board in
squad as a member of the 400-meter Control of Athletics at Wayne held
relay team but did not compete for an inquest and suspended Widlak
he was removed through maneuver- for life.
ing by the heads of the team in Both Heyliger and Coach Eddie
favor of Foy Draper. Lowrey regretted that such drastic
Sitoller had finished second in the action had been taken, and The Daily
semi-final trials two weeks before the Wayne hit the suspension, pointing
finals in the 100-meters and was out that although Widlak had been
third in the A.A.U. championships. to blame, the penalty was out of
He was also third in the National keeping with the offense.
Intercollegiate meet in June. The lifting of the suspension
Bob Osgood, lanky hurdler and pleases not only Heyliger, Lowrey,
captain of the 1937 Wolverine track and Widlak, himself, but also glad-
team, apparently had a place on dens the heart of Joe Gembis, Wayne
the American Olympic delegation grid mentor. Widlak was a regular
clinched, but failed when he fell in tackle on last year's Tartar team,
going over a hurdle in the final trials and his return in good standing will
cf the 400-meter hurdles. give Gembis added strength when his
He was fourth in the A.A.U. meet, squad opens the football ceason at
(Contmiued on Page 10) Lansing with Michigan State.

Hockey Team
To Have Great.
Reserve Corps
Barring Injuries, 'Rough
And Rugged' Pucksters
Will Have Rests
For the first time in Michigan
hockey history Coach Eddie Lowrey
will be able to send a complete alter-
nate forward line on the ice this year
-if the gaunt shadows of injury and
eligibility cast their grim rays else-
where. And it is about time that
they did.'
Year after year Wolverine hockey
teams have skated out on the Col-
iseum ice with seven and eight men
squads to battle it out for 60 minutes
with rival teams boasting three for-
ward lines and a change of defense.
Michigan hockey players have de-
veloped a reputation as rough and
rugged pucksters who can outfight,
outhoist, and outgame anything on
skates, and indeed they have had to.
Last January it looked like the
horizon had finally cleared, that the
Wolverines would be able to muster
more reserve strength than ever be-
for but after the dust of finals had
cleared away, Dick Berryman and
Dick Griggs wings, and Burt Smith
defenseman, could be seen slapping
the dirt out of their pants and mut-
tering into their beards as the blue
coated athletic board stood with up-
turned thumb.
Thus busted in the snoot with the
(Continued On Page 1 7

Larson Continuing
Work That Earned
Him Big Ten Award
For the second time in three years
a Michigan baseball player has
earned the coveted trophy awarded
annually to the most valuable player
to his team in the entire Western
Conference, Berger Larson receiving
the 1936 distinction. 'Whitey' Wistert
was given the award in 1934.
Larson was captain of last spring's
Wolverine nine and pitched the club
to its first Big Ten crown in seven
years. The team won nine Confer-
ence games in 10 starts, beating out
Illinois for the title. He led the
league in strikeouts, fanning 48 men
in the 44 innings he pitched and{
his earned run average of 1.43 was
third among the hurlers.
His most notable performance came;
in his last appearance on the hill1
when he had to pitch over poor sup-
port by his teammates to beat Iowa
and clinch the championship.
After graduation Berger joined the
Davenport Blue Sox in the Western
League, ranked as an A-1 loop, and
with sensational hurling has helped;
give the Sox the league champion-
ship. Davenport is owned by the Chi-
cago White Sox and it is likely that
Berger will be taken to training camp'
by the American League club next
spring and given an opportunity to
break into baseball's "big show."
Berger won his first four starts
with the Blue Sox, one a great two-
hit performance that placed him at
the head of the league's 1935 rookie
Purdue Five To
Open 'Big Ten
The complete 1937-37 Michigan
basketball schedule was recently an-
nounced by Coach Franklin C. Cap-
pon with the releasing of the Wolver-
ines' Big Ten schedule by Major John
W. Griffiths, of the Western Confer-
The six Big Ten teams, selected by
a round-table system, will be met
twice each by the Varsity and will
include both Purdue University and
Indiana University, co-champions of
the 1935-36 season, with the open-
ing game on January 9th taking the
Wolverines to Lafayette, Ind., to meet
Piggy Lambeft's Boilermaker five.
The schedule, which also includes
Northwestern, Wisconsin, Ohio State,
and Chicago in addition to the two
Hoosier 'quintets, will probably prove
the hardest hurdle that the Michigan
team will have, to take in the title
Indiana and Purdue will be as
strong, perhaps even stronger, than
(Continued on Page 12)

New Men
Gain Four

Blocking And Tackling
Left Out Of Early Drills;
Stress Conditioning
After nearly two weeks of prac-
tice by Michigan's grid squad it ap-
pears that last year's highly pub-
licized freshman team was just about
as good as critics claimedI, for it
seems probable that at least four of
the Wolverines starting the opener
against Michigan State will be soph-
omoresnwhile last year's lettermen
will spend their time on the bench.
Fifty-four men were invited back
to practice by Coach Harry Kipke
and have been drilling twice daily
,since Sept. 10. For the first time in
several years there was no bodily con-
tact work during the first week but
instead the time was spent in con-
ditioning drills.
The Wolverines will be led this
year by Capt. Matt Patanelli who is
expected to take his place as one of
the country's outstanding ends before
the season is through. Not only a
great defensive end, Patanelli is also
an able pass receiver and should fig-
ure in many plays for passes are ap-,
parently going to play a great part
in the Wolverine offense this season
with good passers, plentiful among
the backfield candidate.
No Position Sure
A number of the lettermen are be7
ing pushed aside by the sophomores
while others are showing unsuspected
talent, realizing that no position can
the team is a sure one.
The battle for the regular center
position will probably be one of the
outstanding with Joe Rinaldi, a vet-
eran of one season, striving to beat
out John Jordan, winner of the
Chicago Alumni Trophey for the out-
standing freshman last spring. Rin-
aldi has shown better form in prac-
tice this fall than he displayed at any
time last season. And it is an old
adage that the calibre of Michigan's
football aggregations vary with the
ability of the centers.
At present a pair of sophomores
appear to be the outstanding guards,
Forrest Jordan.(no relation to John)
and John Brennan being the pair in
question. Lilburn Ochs, George
Marzonie and Frank Bissell are fight-
ing, to get in ahead of the first two.
Janke At Tackle
At the tackles Fred Janke, giant
sophomore from Jackson, and Mel-
vin Kramer, a letterman, are slated
as the leaders right now but are be-
ing hard pushed by Siegel, Luby and
Greenwald. Janke is a player of the
same type as "Whitey" Wistert, All-
American in 1933, who has joined the
coaching staff this year.
Besides Patanelli the leading ends
are Valpey, Gedeon, Smick and Sta-
bovitz. Valpey is a veteran and will
probably start against State. Both
Gedeon and Smick are sophomores
and under the coaching of the
famous Bennie Oosterbaan .are ex-
pected to develop into great wing-
(Continued on Page 14)


Rapids product, did some fine re-
serve work last year.
Fred Ziegel of Flint, already an
(Continued on Page 13)E


Suicide Schedule May Cloud Michigan's Rising Football Star



Doherty To Stage
Fall Track Meets
Freshmen planning to tryout for }
the yearling track squad will have a
chance to competa in two Intramural
meets this fall. Coach Ken Doherty
is yet undecided on the exact dates
for the meets but expects to have

Already showing definite signs of reports from the Spartan camp Coach
being able to emerge from the dol- Charles Bachman will have another
drums that have been theirs for the powerful eleven, light but exceed-
past two seasons, Michigan's foot- ingly fast, with a world of reserve
ball team will open its suicide sched- Michian
ule Oct. 3 against Michigan State Michigan coaches, however, are
and for the first time in history this not conceding State a thing. For
opener may prove to be the all- the first time in three years there
important game of the year for the is a definite winning spirit in evi-
Wolverines. dence at Wolverine practice sessions
and this optimism is radiated by
Not since the national champion- everyone from Director of Athletics
ship years of 1932 and 1933 has the Mielding H. Yost right down through
outlook for Coach Harry Kipke's Manager Bill Bates. / In 1934 the
charges been as bright as it is at Wolverines won only one game out of
the present time. This is due large- eight; last year they split even with

Indiana eleven, this encounter also
to be in the Michigan Stadium. Last

year the Hoosiers dropped a 7-0 de-
cision to the Wolverines and Vernon
Huffman fumbled a punt and Matt
Pattanelli dropped on it across the'
goal line.
A week later the team will meet the
first of the suicide elevens, Minne-
sota, undefeated since Michigan beat
them 3-0 in 1932. The power of the
Bierman coached Gophers is known
far and wide but more than once in
years gone by a supposedly inferior
Michigan eleven has taken the meas-
ure of a Minnesota powerhouse. His-
tory may repeat itself this year in
Minneapolis, the scene of the en-

title but against the Wolverines they
are always tough.
Pennsylvania's all veteran team
follows Illinois on the schedule, the
game to be at Fr anklin Field, Phila-
delphia. Last year here Michigan
played its greatest game against the
Quakers to win, 16-6.
A week later local fans will see tlf
final home game of the season with
Northwestern furnishing the opposi-
tion to the Wolverines. And no critic
is doubting that the Wildcats will
furnish plenty of opposition to every
team they meet this season for Coach
Lynn Waldorf apparently has a great


Renner Third Michigan
Star To Join Yale Staff
Announcement was recently
made that William Renner, quar-
terback and cantain of last year's


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